Sasol anticipates major savings through 1E

South African energy and chemicals giant selects 1E to reclaim unnecessary software as well as cut PC power costs and carbon emissions 

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1E, the global leader in IT efficiency software and local company sustainableIT, today announced that Sasol, the South African based integrated energy and chemical company, has selected two 1E IT Efficiency solutions to help achieve widespread efficiency savings throughout the organization. Once both solutions are rolled out across Sasol’s entire 15,000 PC estate, the company anticipates savings of up to 83 million South African Rand (ZAR) (equivalent to more than $9.8 million/ £6 million).

Sasol has chosen 1E AppClarity, the software license optimization tool to obtain visibility into which applications are used in the company and have the ability to reclaim any unnecessary licenses. 1E NightWatchman Enterprise has been deployed to cut power costs and carbon emissions by automatically powering down PCs when they are not in use.

With AppClarity, Sasol has gained complete visibility into all the software deployed on each of its PCs and laptops, helping the organization identify and reclaim all unnecessary applications as well as ensuring it is compliant with software vendor audits. Taking just 48 hours to install, AppClarity has delivered immediate results, with 3,000 unused software licences reclaimed in the first month of the deployment alone, delivering savings of approximately South African Rand (ZAR) 1.8 million ($212,500/ £130,500).

“With thousands of different applications deployed across the company, we wanted to ensure that our license liability was at zero,” says Cobie Nel, IM services: manager applications at Sasol. “We have been able to make immediate reclaims and haven’t had any complaints from users at all.  With 1E, Sasol has achieved in a couple of days what we have been trying to do for twelve years. And we are now looking at a potential overall saving of ZAR 82 million ($9.4 million/ $5.9 million) on software costs.” The company reached its return on investment target in just two months.

As part of its organization-wide efficiency initiative, Sasol has also deployed Nightwatchman Enterprise. Recommended to Sasol by green IT specialist and 1E partner, SustainableIT, and implemented by systems integrator, Puleng Technologies, NightWatchman Enterprise seamlessly integrates with Microsoft  System Center 2007 Configuration Manager and enables Sasol to power down its 15,000 PCs and laptops when not in use, but for those running mission critical applications it ensures they are exempted. Due for completion in April 2013, NightWatchman Enterprise has already been deployed to 8,000 PCs, more than half the IT estate.  Based on the results of this initial roll out, Sasol predicts it will save 1.7 million kWh/year of electricity – the equivalent of ZAR 850,000 (USD 100,400/ £61,600).

“It is extremely important to Sasol that it is both green and efficient; NightWatchman Enterprise helps us achieve this goal by cutting out PC power waste, without impinging on the user.  This deployment has been so smooth that there has been no need to warn users about the implementation, and we have also been able to collect valuable data about how much energy is being saved. This user-friendly approach, combined with the ability to integrate with existing systems, is what really makes 1E work for Sasol,” commented Danie Smit, manager IM: service security at Sasol.

“Like many businesses, Sasol faced the challenge of how to accurately report on software usage across its entire estate, or otherwise run the risk of paying for unnecessary licenses as well as non-compliance with vendor audits.  With 1E’s help, Sasol is now showing how improved visibility into the applications deployed across an organization can deliver vast cost savings; savings that are likely to become even more pronounced as  enterprises embrace consumerized IT, with the growing use of personally owned tablets, smartphones and laptops.”

“It is great to see that Sasol has recognised the benefits of PC power management and is already reaping the rewards,” said Sumir Karayi, CEO of 1E.  “Like many businesses, Sasol also faced the challenge of how to accurately report on software usage across its entire estate, or otherwise run the risk of paying for unnecessary licenses as well as non-compliance with vendor audits.  With 1E’s help, Sasol is now showing how improved visibility into the applications deployed across an organization can deliver vast cost savings.”

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